Sony has been offered a 10-year deal by Microsoft to guarantee Call of Duty’s presence on PlayStation, this was revealed in a report published by the New York Times, but the Japanese company declined to comment.
As you will recall, Phil Spencer made it clear once and for all a few days ago that Call of Duty would remain on PlayStation even if the Activision Blizzard acquisition goes through, stating explicitly that it would not be necessary to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass and that it will be a native, non-streamed version of the game.
According to the New York Times article, sony would merely reiterate the notion that Microsoft had a long history of dominance in the market and that any finalization of the Activision acquisition would pose as a highly negative event in terms of the options available to users, without, however, delving into details.
The transaction is currently under consideration by international regulators, the European Commission having just moved the deadline for a decision, to be formalized on April 11, 2023, and the US antitrust regulator expected to rule by the end of this month instead.
Yet Sony is trying very aggressively to counter Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard in the hope that commissions with veto power can make a decision beneficial to the Japanese company.